Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring

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A visually stunning and contemplative piece of work.



Total Count: 99


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South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk directs the chamber drama Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring. Made up of five segments (in keeping with its title), the movie is set entirely on a tiny monastery floating in a lake surrounded by mountains and trees. "Spring" starts with a young monk (Seo Jae-gyeong) learning from an old monk (Oh Yeong-su). "Summer" involves the monk as a young man (Kim Yeong-min), exploring love and sex with a young woman (Ha Yeo-jin), who spends a short time at the monastery in order to heal. The director plays the monk himself as an angry adult in "Fall" and again as he redeems himself in "Winter." In the final segment, "Spring," a new baby is left at the monastery to start the story over again. Spring premiered at the 2003 Locarno Film Festival.

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  • Oct 08, 2015
    This film has an interesting mix of qualities. It is at different times tragic, serene, contemplative, and hopeful. It is staged as if a play in five acts, set in a beautiful natural environ, with acting that is both quiet and cinematic. Recommended to lovers of Eastern cinema.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2012
    Lovely depiction of humanity as they travel through the seasons of life. Spiritually uplifting.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2011
    I can't see a single thing about this film that should be improved on or anything. This film has interesting characters, a good story, and great cinematography. The shots of the floating shrine are even more stunning during the night. The film follows the relationship between a young apprentice and a monk. The spring segment shows the apprentice as a young boy of about 11, and he learns about morality. During the summer, the apprentice is an adolescent of about 16/17 and through his experiences with a sick teenage girl who has come to the shrine, he discovers desires which lead him to leave the shrine. In fall, he returns as a young man of about 23, full of angst and anger. He must deal with it and other problems he created for himself in "man's world". In winter, we see the young apprentice as an older man in his late 20s. He displays maturity, understanding, and growth. He begins to assume role of master with his old master no more. When spring arrives, he begins teaching his own apprentice and we see life repeating itself. A marvelous film that must be seen.
    G S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2010
    Spectacular film. Masterful performances by Jae-Kyung Seo, Jong Ho Kim, Oh Yeong-su. A well-written story full of emotion and tears. A movie that captures the human spirit, dissecting its successes and flaws. One of the best films from 2004 and certainly one of the best I've watched on DVD this year.
    George K Super Reviewer

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